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program. obama finally gets his man. the u.s. senate confirms chuck hagel. what increased demand for cocoanuts has failed to bear fruit for indonesia as farmers. pope benedict xvi is making his final appearance in st. peter's square as the roman catholic pope -- his final appearance in at st. peter's square. he is the first pope in 600 years to resign. >> in these recent months, i felt my weakening strength. i prayed and asked for in light meant to make the right decision for the good of the church. >> barbara, amid the huge outpouring of affection from the faithful gathered there. >> absolutely. a lot of people have turned out to say goodbye to pope benedict xvi. 50,000 tickets were sold. it is more likely that there are about 150,000 people around the vatican and the main road that leads to it. people are still walking towards st. peter's square, but they're being redirected to other parts around the square where there are big screens where they can watch the pope. nothing compared to the figures of the people we saw for the funeral of john paul back in 2005. that was a funeral
of venus. >>> at any moment newly minted defense secretary chuck hagel will make his first speech to the staff at the pentagon since taking office early this morning. hagel was sworn in at a private ceremony after an unusually tough confirmation fight, which ended in a 58-41 vote. hagel overcame a republican-led filibuster by members of his own party who never forgave his criticism of the iraq war. let me bring in republican strategist and former santorum senior strategist and nbc col n columnist and contributing editor for the hill. good morning. he has to confront a staggering $46 billion in cuts to military spending which are set to begin tomorrow. he's got his work cut out for him. >> he really does. part of the reason the president selected chuck hagel was knowing going forward the defense department would have to undergo cuts anyhow. obviously the sequester makes that a lot tougher process because it is, you know, these cuts are much less strategic obviously than what we would have preferred. he also comes in after having a tough few weeks, a little bloodied i think and som
for at the supreme court. thanks for watching. i'm al sharpton. "hardball" starts right now. >>> hagel's in. let's play "hardball." ♪ >>> good evening. i'm chris matthews back in washington. let me start tonight with this. we can usually tell when a political party has gone off the deep end. republicans did it with goldwater, democrats with mcgovern. fdr did it when he tried to pack the supreme court. republicans did it when they impeached bill clinton. so let's talk about this grand standing, hula hooping bonanza of bs the republicans have thrown at chuck hagel. look at the list of gop senators who voted today again to continue the filibuster against the president's nominee for secretary of defense. barrasso, enzi, mcconnell, roberts, boozman, grassley, heller, hoeven, inhofe, i.c.sa c isaacson, rubio, scott, tumyi, wicker. all these republicans voted today against having a vote on hagel. they did so after it was clear there would be a vote today. they did it to put themselves on record to undermine the functions of the government. they did it to put themselves on record for no better reason
. >> ifill: then, we get the latest on the senate vote to confirm former senator chuck hagel as the next secretary of defense. >> woodruff: ray suarez talks with marcia coyle about today's supreme court arguments over getting a d.n.a. sample from a suspect who was arrested but not convicted of a crime. >> ifill: special correspondent kira kay previews next week's presidential contest in kenya, where memories linger from the violence that followed the 2007 elections. >> we talk about people dead. i think if you count it over time and those who don't know it's probably around 2,000. massive, huge kills. we were on the brink of civil war. >> woodruff: and we close with a conversation with gloria steinem about the women's movement and the pbs documentary, "makers: women who make america." >> we have realized that a majority of americans fully agree that women can do what men can do but we haven't yet realized that men can do what women do. >> ifill: that's all ahead on tonight's newshour. >> major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: moving our economy for 160 years. bnsf, the
senator chuck hagel to be the next secretary of defense. >> 12 days later, nothing, nothing has changed. senator hagel's exemplary record of service to his country remains untarnished. >> woodruff: in short, senate majority leader harry reid said, chuck hagel should have been confirmed before the president's day recess. at the time, the senate's 55 democrats could not get the 60 votes needed to end a republican filibuster against fellow republican hagel. democrat dick durbin of illinois condemned the g.o.p. opposition today. >> there's no question that there are some who bear some negative feelings torgd chuck hagel because of his independence and some of his votes in the past, even his support of president obama in the last presidential election. but this has been taken to a level that i never expected. >> woodruff: still mississippi's roger wicker and other republicans charged again that hagel is too willing to compromise with iran. and too willing to criticize israel. >> either we should disregard everything that the senator has said and stood for as merely hyperbole or this is a nom
the reputation of chuck hagel for awhile. even after it was inevitable. they kept it up just to screw up the government, hurt its functioning, and smear a man. those are the facts. we'll document them. >>> finally kfc or chick-fil-a, bagels and croissants or doughnuts? are you what you eat? what you eat may be determined by who you vote for. isn't that interesting? we'll show the parallel how we go to fast food stores and vote. this is "hardball," the place for politics. when they tell you that you need your oil changed you got to bring it in. if your tires need to be rotated, you have to get that done as well. jackie, tell me why somebody should bring they're car here to the ford dealership for service instead of any one of those other places out there. they are going to take care of my car because this is where it came from. price is right no problem, they make you feel like you're a family. get a synthetic blend oil change, tire rotation and much more, $29.95 after $10.00 rebate. if you take care of your car your car will take care of you. overmany discounts to thine customers! [old e
-span. >> coming up tonight, the senate approved chuck hagel to be that next defense secretary. after that, republican leaders spoke of the upcoming budget cuts, known as a sequestration. president obama is in newport news, virginia and talks about the effects of sequestration would have on them middle-class. -- on the middle class. the senate voted to confirm senator chuck hagel as the next defense secretary. the final vote was 58-41 with four republicans joining 52 democrats and two independents in voting aye. next, the 25 minute debate on the senate floor. >> it is now time for us to vote up or down on the nomination for many reasons. the nomination has been before us now inadequate time to get the information which our colleagues have asked for. there is also the looming fact of sequestration. we need to have a secretary of defense who is not only in office, but whose leadership is not in limbo, but is there. our troops need it. their families needed. our country needs it. we have 66,000 military arsenal in harms way in afghanistan. the president of afghanistan has directed the united
voting to confirm former senator chuck hagel for defense secretary, the final vote 58-front, with 4 republicans joining democrats in backing president obama's nominee. this month they were questioning his support for israel, hagel overcame the opposition will now successed to leon panetta. lori: and today, senate finance committee voted to approve his nomination, a full senate vote could happen tomorrow, lou is to win confirmation to succeed treasury secretary geithner. >> the u.s. and other major world powers holding nuclear talks with iran today, for first time since june. offering to ease economic sanctions if iran agrees to stop enriching uranium, john kerry warning there could be terrible consequences it talks fail. >> joining me now kt mcfarland. and eli lake. this is our foreign policy download, chuck hagel, new defense secretary, known to be in his past, soft on iran, in his policy. beginning with you, with iran and the news, and talk of lessening sanctions if they come to the table and stop with the uraiuranium enrichment? >> i think what secretary kerry said, dire conseque
hagel finally takes over as defense chief. >> i will do everything in my power to be the kind of leader that you expect and you deserve. also, the kind of leader the country expects and deserves. >>> john kerry takes paris. [ speaking foreign language ] >> not bad at all. good day, i'm andrea mitchell in washington in english today. the historic voting rights act could be in danger as a number of supreme court justices overturned the 1965 law. nbcs justice correspondent pete williams joins me now from the supreme court. pete, from the arguments today, what is your impression of what way the court might be moving? >> well, you know, the court didn't come with a blank slate. four years ago, the court looked at the same question and laid down a marker. we were watching to see if the justices that were skeptical then changed their mind? the answer is no. five votes to strike down a key part of the voting rights act. it's a law that requires states with a history of discrimination to get permission before they make changes in how they change their elections. strike down a companion part of w
the sequester from kicking in? on other news chuck hagel has been confirmed as the next secretary of state. pat roberts warns there could be demons from the clothes you buy from thrift stores. watch out. all right. all of that's come up and a whole lot more but first the latest. here she is with today's current news update, our good friend lisa ferguson out in los angeles. hi, lisa. good morning to you. >> hey bill. good morning everyone. dc is unveiling a new statue of rosa parks today. : this will be the first full-size depiction of any african-american. the capitol does have busts of martin luther king, jr. and sew journer truth. congressional's leaders are saying it's a watershednent our history. >>> the president is speaking and answering questions at the business council dinner in d.c. obama is voicing his opinion on chuck hagel's long-awaited confirmation saying the u.s. has the secretary that our troops deserve. it was close but lawmakers did confirm hagel 58 to 41. he is scheduled to be sworn in today. that means hagel now heads into office with a
. >> straight ahead four two police gunned down while investigating a sex assault case. chuck hagel will be sworn in this morning as our next defense secretary and we have some stocks to watch. plus why the protests at a good inquiry tire plant happening? >>> welcome back to "early today." here's some stories making news this morning. >>> a bus carrying a university of maine basketball team skids off an embankment north of boston. the driver was seriously injured. the team coach was treated for cuts on his face and more than 20 others have minor injuries. >>> in illinois former state lawmaker robin kelly is the democratic nominee in a race to replace jesse jackson jr. kelly's campaign was helped by $2.5 million in ads about gun control from new york's mike bloomberg. pretty action committee. >>> chuck hagel, the new defense secretary, will be sworn in at the pentagon, the former republican senator was confirmed by a vote of 58-41. after weeks of delay by senators. >>> hundreds held a vigil in new york city last night on the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of 17-year-old t
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. >>> 20 minutes past the hour. time to look at top stories after a bitter confirmation chuck hagel has been sworn in as u.s. defense secretary. the ceremony took place less than 30 minutes ago at the pentagon in alexandria, virginia. hagel expected to make remarks later this hour. >>> police released photos wanted for questioning, they say 22-year-old tanesha howard was inside a black suv when shots were fired. her mother says the suspected shooter is the young woman's boyfriend. >>> the star of an iconic anti-smoking ad has died. >> they say nicotine isn't addictive. how can they say that? >> debi austin became famous to are this commercial warning others about the dangers of cigarette smoking. she died friday after a long bat well cancer. >>> the college admissions test known as the s.a.t. is getting a makeover. the college board says the new test will focus more on knowledge and skills high schoolers need to succeed in college. no word on when students will begin taking the new test. >>> talk back today, is it right for dennis rodman to be in north korea? facebook.com/carolcnn or tw
of really heat debate. the senate today at last confirmed the former senator chuck hagel as the sheriff'sext secretary of department. number of fellow republicans holding up the vote complaining he was too radical questioning positions on israel and vaughn. he is set to succeed leon panetta. first vietnam veteran and enlisted soldier ever to hold the position. mike emanuel with the news from capitol hill tonight. mike, lawmakers mostly voted along party lines, mostly. >> that's right, shep. chuck hagel will get sworn in as secretary of defense tomorrow. he says he can think of no greater privilege in the final pitch, if you will, a democratic senator reminded his republican colleagues that one day it will be a republican president trying to get folks confirmed. every dog it has its day. democratic president and democratic senate for confirmations. some day that won't be the case. >> >> of the 58 votes for chuck hagel's confirmation there were four republicans, cochran, shelby and rand paul. here is a top republican no vote. >> for that matter, senator hay gel was candid to admit there i
. and remember this? >> quite frankly, chuck hagel is out of the mainstream of thinking. >> i think it's a lot of tough questions. >> it's difficult to imagine a circumstance where i could support his confirmation. >> soak it in. the secretary of defense hagel reporting for his first day on the job. need another example? mr. mccain and his buddy senator graham met with the president on immigration reform head. mccain said the president, quote, understands what we are dealing with. graham called it one of the best meetings i have ever had with the president. this isn't candid camera. it's senator mccain and graham. no gop reversal has been more dramatic than health care. >> we are not going to implement obama care. we are not going to expand medicaid. >> that's mr. scott, one of the eight gop governors signed on to the president's medicaid expansion. the key part of this health care will be implemented. this is progress. it hasn't been easy. at times, it's been down right messy. but you better believe, it's progress. it's a win. joining me now is richard wolffe and angela. thank you both for co
. the president's nominee to be defense secretary, former republican secretary chuck hagel was confirmed today, and will be sworn in and take over at that time pentagon. chuck hagel had the majority support, all the republicans in the senate, and the majority. it took this long to get him confirmed because republicans filibustered his nomination. nobody has ever done that before. nobody has ever before used a filibuster to block the confirmation of a cabinet nominee, ever in the history of our country, but they did it to chuck hagel. why? who knows? republicans in the senate pulled the fire alarm on this one, they broke glass in case of emergency. they did something that has never been done before in the history of the republic. and because they did it, there is now precedent for them to filibuster the next nominee. they broke glass for a nominee who in his case had bipartisan support to be confirmed. and the republicans in the senate did it in a way that didn't actually stop the confirmation. so you won nothing. but you did further break the institution where you work. there is an effort alre
u.s. senator chuck hagel set to be sworn in this morning as the new secretary of defense. the 7 week fight over the nomination ended yesterday as the senate voted 58-41 to confirm him. hagel is a republican but got the votes of only four fellow republican senators. many in the gop feel he is hostile towards israel and too soft on iran. >>> 5:17 right now. we are continuing to follow this breaking news in san francisco. a big water main break causing a mess in one neighborhood. >> 1.5 feet deep water and a lot has gone down since. >> backed up to it. we are talking about west portal neighborhood the area near 15th and wawona. look at this video incredible stuff. homes and cars flooded. use west portal in the meantime. elsewhere a live look outside overnight roadwork was picked up in oakland and san leandro. to the maps, if you are traveling westbound 580 brake lights in the eastbound direction going against the commute, possibly because of this overnight roadwork still in lanes until 11:00 this morning approaching north greenville road. else
chuck hagel, is makes his first remarks to the pentagon employees. >> the great nation and the tremendous force for food that america is. i want toking a knowledge much -- i want to acknowledge much of our leadership here today, specifically, we have the deputy secretary of defense ash carter who was here chairman, joint chiefs, we have the staff of the army. makes me shake a little. sergeant -- [laughter] >> these are live pictures. chuck hagel speaking live at the pentagon. first remarks to the employees there. now we also want to show you some new video of hagel arriving at the pentagon this morning. hagel was confirmed by the senate just yesterday after a bitter seven-week fight on capitol hill. just four republicans joined republicans in backing the -- the democrats in backing the confirmation. president obama calls hagel the defense secretary the nation needs and the leader our troops deserve. >>> what's moving. markets higher this morning? new disturbing information on the alleged gunman in the santa cruz shooting. >>> first it was the island of lanai and now lar
right now chuck hagel is due to arrive at the pentagon for his first day of work as secretary of defense. we're looking at live pictures right now. obviously that is the parking lot right outside the pentagon. a lot of cars filling up there. after a seven week political fight, the senate voted yesterday to confirm chuck hagel as defense secretary. he will take the oath of office this morning. then he'll make his first remark to defense department employees in just about three hours from right now. and just two days before massive automatic federal spending cuts are due to kick in no signs this morning of a compromised deal to avoid those cuts. coming up at 5:15 house speaker john boehner very harsh criticism of his senate colleagues for what they say they have not done. >>> let's check back in with sal for a look at traffic. how does it look? >> it looks pretty good. we're off to a nice start. this wednesday, middle of the week. we are getting more people. usually doesn't get really crowded until about 5:30. at the toll plaza we usually don't see a big crowd until 6:00. we have a little
. the senate confirm chuck hagel to be the new defense secretary. jack lew passed through committee to head the treasury. we like to hear your thoughts this morning. here are the numbers to call. host: you can join the conversation on twitter, twitter.com/cspanwj. or join the conversation on facebook, facebook.com/cspan. let's look at some of the headlines. "usa today." "the president and republicans jousted again yesterday." host: the headline on the story from "the new york times.' republicans are calling the impact overstated and citing spending as a key issue. here is what americans are saying. "the wall street journal" has a new poll. you can see the breakdown of numbers on the opinions of what each is opposing it to do. a 29% approval rating in terms of the sequester. 57% disagree with what the republicans are doing. 1/5 of respondents do think sequester cuts are a good idea. "austerity has killed off government jobs," says "the new york times." host: looking at some other stories. this from "usa today." host: here is another headline about the misuse of power. we like to hear your th
hagel will show up for his first day of work in the pentagon. he was confirmed last night by a 58-41 vote. and the president's choice for treasury secretary could be confirmed today, jack lew. he sailed through the senate finance committee yesterday. >>> stunning decision from natureo. a really bad clerical error. a 7% decline in violence in afghanistan last year, turns out was inaccurate. taliban attacks held steady. and militants killed 17 people overnight, including ten afghan police officers while they slept this in the gazni province in afghanistan. >>> dennis rodman is in north korea, of all places. with three members of the famed harlem globetrotters to put on a show for fans while she film a tv documentary. rodman, known as the worm, tweeting from inside north korea and saying maybe i'll run into the gangnam style dude while i'm here. psy, he is south korean, not north korean. >> a little bit of a problem. >> a big difference. >> i haven't heard the nickname the worm since about 1999. >> rodman, bad as i want to be. >> yet there he is tweeting from north korea. >>> still a
they say left campus in a vehicle. >>> and in just a few hours, chuck hagel will begin his first day the work, he was finally confirmed as the new against secretary, the vote 58-41 with four republicans voting for hagel. he is the first man enlisted -- actually the first man who served in combat as an enlisted man to head up the defense department. >>> more of our kunlg of tcover pope's final address add and also the possibility that the u.s. might help the rebels in sear kyria directly. >> and what dennis rodman is doing in north korea. ♪ i've got something for you too. (announcer) fancy feast delights with cheddar. a meal that is sure to delight your cheese lover. fancy feast. the best ingredient is love. from capital one... boris earns unlimited rewards for his small business. can i get the smith contract, please? thank you. that's three new paper shredders. [ boris ] put 'em on my spark card. [ garth ] boris' small business earns 2% cash back on every purchase every day. great businesses deserve unlimited rewards. read back the chicken's testimony, please. "buk, buk, bukka!" [
. >> we'll have to see. to be continued. thank you very much. the long battle over chuck hagel's nomination for secretary of defense ended today. we have the results of the vote and much more coming up. g that he will, he was a big government republican. clients are always learning more to make their money do more. (ann) to help me plan my next move, i take scottrade's free, in-branch seminars... plus, their live webinars. i use daily market commentary to improve my strategy. and my local scottrade office guides my learning every step of the way. because they know i don't trade like everybody. i trade like me. i'm with scottrade. (announcer) scottrade... ranked "highest in customer loyalty for brokerage and investment companies." executor of efficiency. you can spot an amateur from a mile away... while going shoeless and metal-free in seconds. and you...rent from national. because only national lets you choose any car in the aisle...and go. you can even take a full-size or above, and still pay the mid-size price. now this...will work. [ male announcer ] just like you, business
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a new defense secretary finally. chuck hagel was sworn in this morning at a private ceremony at the pentagon. he is planning to address department employees later today. the full senate confirmed hagel yesterday and he released a statement saying that he is incredibly honored to be tasked with heading up the department of defense and he plans to work closely with congress to protect this great nation and to make sure we maintain the world's strongest military. >> first lady michelle obama is on the move the next couple of days to continue to promote the third anniversary of her let's move program. you may remember that she teamed up with big bird to release a couple of public service announcements last week urging kids to eat better and exercise more. i like the excuse to show big bird dancing again. today she travels to clinton mississippi where child obesity is down 13% from 2005. state officials attribute much of the change to a 2007 law that required more p.e. in schools and better food on cafeteria menus. >>> the first lady championed a federal law mandating healthier sc
the charge publicly against chuck hagel. yet he you voted to confirm him as defense secretary. he was sworn two hours ago at the pentagon. why the vote to favor him? >> i filibuster ited him white -- twice because i wanted more information. when republicans stick together we could get information. i was disappointed several on my side after they filibustered him up immediately announced they wouldn't continue the filibuster so we never got the information. i'm the same way on brennan. i want more information on drone strikes in america. on final passage though i take the position that the president does have some leeway and some prerogative who he appoints to political appointees. so i would like to get as much information as can. i will stick with the party, if the party will stick together to get more information. in the end i voted for john kerry also although i agree with almost nothing that john kerry represents. bill: will secretary hagel be a good and satisfactory defense secretary in your view? >> you know, i don't really know. there are many libertarian reasons not to be excited ab
mountains of new hampshire. >>> it is chuck hagel's day number one as defense secretary. here he is, photos of him, taking the oath of office. this is a private ceremony at the pentagon today. the former republican senator from nebraska then spoke to service members and civilian employees. >> to be part of your team who you are is the honor. that's the great privilege. >> hagel also took note of the automatic spending cuts going into effect friday, saying the defense department has a lot of challenges ahead. >>> more disturbing details in the trial of the new york police officer accused of planning to kidnap, cook, and eat women, including his own wife. an fbi agent read a transcript of e-mails and chats between this police officer, his name is gilberto valle, and a buddy of his. look at this. the agent says valle directed his buddy to a video of a female friend, clad in a bikini saying, quote, i'd like to have her arm on a barbecue. and, quote, i'm dying to taste some girl meat. his buddy later chatted back, face meat is, quote, great for sandwiches. valle's attorney says his client had no
to new taxes. other than that, they're divided by chuck hagel and a legislative and pr strategy for dealing with the sequester, divided about immigration, divided to some extent about just the general posture towards the president. and i think you see in that poll, you know, you say who's the republican party unpopular with? to some extent obviously with democrats. but the reason the number's down so low is a lot of republicans are unhappy with the party. some from the right and some from the left. i think right now the president and his team are firing on all cylinders on the pr war leading up to the sequester. and republicans have put themselves in a weakened position. a lot of long-term issues as well. >> when your brand is in the 20s, you're in harry truman and george w. bush territory. it's just not good. and you know, the president is winning the day on a lot of issues, especially when it comes to dealing with gun violence. if you look at the poll, overwhelmingly, americans think that this country needs stricter gun laws. that obviously is an offshoot of not only newtown b
us this morning. >> also today in washington, chuck hagel was sworn in this morning as defense secretary in a private ceremony with family members and immediate office staff at the pentagon. he later spoke to folks at the pentagon. we'll show that to you later in our program schedule. the supreme court today heard testimony in a case regarding the voting rights act of 1965. "the new york times" reporting on the oral argument today saying a central provision of that voting rights act could be in peril judging from rough or tough questioning today from the supreme court's more conservative members. they write that the law, a landmark achievement of the civil era, was challenged by shelby county, alabama, which said the requirement outlived its usefulness. we spoke about the oral argument today on "washington journal." host: the supreme court hears a case about the voting rights act today and here to talk about with us is ari berman, contributing righter at the nation. and hang von, at the heritage foundation, thank you to you. before we get into the specifics what the supreme cou
. at 8:00 eastern here on c-span, newly confirmed defense secretary chuck hagel addresses employees at the pentagon. on c-span 2, president obama and congressional leaders dedicate a statue to civil right it's activist rosa parks inside the u.s. capitol. and on c-span 3, a house hearing from today looking at the impact of friday's automatic spending cuts on the federal aviation administration. it's all tonight on the c-span networks starting at 8:00 eastern. president barack obama meets on friday with the top leaders in the house and senate to talk about the $85 billion in automatic spending cuts called the sequester that go into effect friday. also at that white house meeting, house speaker john boehner, senate democratic leader harry reid, senate republican leader mitch mcconnell and house democratic leader nancy pelosi. the sequester led the white house briefing today. education secretary arne duncan was there and warned of the impact of the upcoming automatic spending cuts to education programs. >> come on. good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. good morning, still. thank you for
bickering, chuck hagel takes his oath of office today. the senate decided to confirm hagel after the gop shut down its filibuster. >>> some 100,000 homes and businesses are without power across the nation's mid section this morning after a winter storm battered residents from texas to kansas for a second time in less than a week. roofs collapsed across the region, under heavy snow killing one person in oklahoma. traffic accidents caused by icy road conditions killed two people in kansas and meantime in a texas panhandle, schools and major highways are closed yet again today. today we'll have much more with al on the forecast in just a moment. new images this morning of the deadly hot air balloon crash that killed 19 tourists on the sight-seeing tour in the ancient egyptian city of luxor. after catching fire it plunged 1,000 feet. all of the country's hot air balloonses grounded. >>> as the crisis in syria escalates the obama administration is considering whether or not to provide assistance to the forces. the direct aid could include military equipment, vehicles and training. >>> and a n
been innuendos that senator hagel was trying to hide something. for instance, senator hagel has served with a number of distinguished vehicles --we have a senator suggested that in the evidence -- without any evidence that the fees he received for his services aimed directly from saudi arabia and or north korea. another senator suggested that we should postpone a vote on a nomination because fox news was going to run a story tomorrow regarding some speeches that were made and paid for by foreign governments that may not be friendly to us. that story died before it was aired. it was apparently based on a hoax. these are unfair innuendos. they have been answered. you know they are unfair. senator hagel has an extensive record of service to his country. as a young man, he enlisted in the army, served with distinction in vietnam, he served as the deputy administrator of the va during the reagan administration, he was a businessman. many of are bit him during his two terms in that u.s. senate eerie decency left, he has continued to serve -- many of them served with him during his two terms
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